As a writer, I spend a lot of time alone, talking to myself, throwing pencils across the room and searching for answers in long showers and even longer drives. The great thing about being a Kindle Scout author is not only the added press and promotion you get from Amazon, but also the fellow Scout authors you meet along the way. It’s sort of like showing up on the first day of school as the new kid and making friends on the bus ride home. You may never meet fellow authors in person, but thanks to the Internet, we can throw barbs, share virtual drinks and help each other through those “blank page” moments. Kindle Scout authors are cool like that. Like this guy.
Joshua Jacobs teaches English and History in the middle of the blistering Arizona desert. He can often be found running, watching movies, or enjoying a beer on a patio somewhere with his better half. He has been writing for nine years and has penned nine novels.
I asked him to play The Author Game. You remember how it works. I ask ten questions, and the author has to answer in ten words or less. Let’s see how Joshua does.
Take the Author Challenge: Answer 10 Questions in 10 Words
- Let’s start this the rough way, like we like our fiction. It’s a two parter. 10 words for each reply.
I want to buy you a drink. You can have whatever you want. What do you order, and where are we?
An ice-cold pitcher of Blue Moon, sitting beachside somewhere tropical.
B. Now what would your protagonist order, and where would they be?
A canteen of water, hiding in an inconspicuous abandoned building.
- Write your life’s story—so far—in ten words.
My life: Work hard, play hard, love much, lose much.
- A young writer approaches you and asks you to read their work and give an honest critique. It sucks. What do you say?
Have you considered pursuing a career as a hair stylist?
- You win the Edgar. How are you celebrating?
I’d celebrate by Googling what the hell the Edgar is.
- You have to complete one of these two tasks in front of a large audience of admirers and haters: 1. Karaoke 2. Soul Train style solo dance. In 10 words, give the name of the song and a description of your performance.
Let’s Get It On, dramatically sung to an elderly woman.
- List ten unique things on or around your writing space.
- Women’s pants
- A wire transfer receipt for 50k
- A chalkboard with the words: “I’m marrying him” written on it
- Four bottles of wine
- A baby gate
- A Pillsbury doughboy cookie jar
- A vacuum cleaner
- A Donald Duck poster
You said forty words, right? 😉
- Your agent calls and says he has a book deal in the works, but you’ll have to switch genres to make millions. What do you do?
I’d ask him if he’d like my soul as well.
- A famous NYC deli is naming a sandwich after you, what is it called and what’s in it?
Don’t Call Me JJ. A club sandwich—double the toppings.
- You can be any fictional character for a day— just 24 hours. Who are you and why?
Spiderman. Saving lives, dating girls, wearing spandex. That’s the life.
- Forget about writing for a minute. If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing—if you had all the education and money you’d ever need to be able to take any job, anywhere?
Already rich? I’d keep my day job teaching middle schoolers.
Well, now I am certainly intrigued. A happy teacher who dreams of running around in spandex and surrounds himself with Donald Duck and women’s pants can’t be half bad, right? KIDDING!!
By the way, Joshua, The Edgar is for mystery writers. I’ll save you the googling. Here.
Thanks for being a good sport, and playing by the rules! Wishing you best of luck with THE WITHERING.
Alice Isaacs bears the mark of the afflicted. Unlike the millions before her, she survives. Afraid she is a carrier of the disease, Alice abandons her family and disappears into what remains of the world. Bodies litter the streets. Cities lie in waste. The government ceases to exist. What the Withering doesn’t destroy, the Clan kills, cleansing the world of those they hold responsible. Those like Alice. Then one night Alice meets Brandon. He brings word of a rural town untouched by the sickness. He promises a future. He reminds her of what it means to feel… of what it means to love. Yet the Clan is watching. They’re always watching.Alice emerges from the shadows and follows Brandon’s promises into his hometown. Everything seems perfect. Too perfect. As hard as she tries, she can’t ignore the softly spoken secrets, the vengeful stares from the town’s elite, the smoke streaming from the woods as the clock strikes the witching hour. With the imminent arrival of the Clan and the town’s sinister past set to reveal itself, Alice must make a stand, not only for herself, but for those she has come to love. Yet the more she learns about the Clan, the town, and herself, the harder it all seems. Because maybe they’re right. Maybe the mark does mean something. Maybe she is more than just a girl on the run. Maybe she did cause the Withering.
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